EFSC Student Code of Conduct Standards and Procedure

IMPORTANT NOTE: Information in this online Student Code of Conduct web page supersedes any information in the the printed and/or PDF version of the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook. EFSC's Student Code of Conduct Standards are detailed in Section 201.5, Appendix A of the College Procedures Manual.

Any student who accepts the privilege extended by the laws of Florida of attending Eastern Florida State College gives his or her consent to the policies of the College, the State Board of Education, and the laws of Florida.

This Code of Conduct outlined in section 201.5 of the EFSC Procedures Manual broadly applies to conduct occurring either on or off campus that substantially disrupts or interferes with the College’s programs or mission, a civil and safe environment conducive to learning and inquiry, or the rights of other students and College employees to be secure and to be let alone. It applies to conduct that actually causes such disruption or interference, or that is reasonably forecasted to do so.

Student Code of Conduct proceedings are intended to be prompt, fair and impartial. The formal rules governing criminal or civil courts, including the rules of evidence, are not applicable to these proceedings.  However, except for interim action (see 201.5.2 below), no disciplinary sanction may be imposed on a student unless and until the student has been notified in writing of the alleged violation(s), and afforded a meaningful opportunity to be heard. While students shall be afforded the opportunity to be heard, proper decorum is expected and required at all times. Abuses may result in the immediate termination of any proceeding and additional charges under the Code of Conduct.

The College may impose discipline for violation of, or an attempt to violate, any of the standards of conduct set forth in Appendix A, except for allegations of Sexual Misconduct, which shall be processed in accordance with College Procedure 800.10 (Sexual Misconduct – Campus Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking).

The preponderance-of-the-evidence standard (i.e., more likely than not) shall be used in determining whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct.

For purposes of this procedure, the term “student” shall mean:

  • All persons enrolled in one or more EFSC courses, including on-campus courses or virtual (eLearning, online, hybrid) courses, and continuing education courses, even if they are also enrolled as students in another educational institution;
  • All persons who are not officially enrolled at EFSC for a particular term, but have a continuing relationship with EFSC or intend to enroll in a future term, including without limitation persons enrolled in the spring and fall semesters who engage in misconduct during the summer, and students who are first time enrollees, or applicants, who engage in misconduct prior to the time of enrollment; and
  • Student groups and organizations may be held collectively responsible when violations of the code by those associated with the group or organization have received approval, express or implied consent, or encouragement of the group or organization or of the group’s or organization’s leaders or officers.

This definition also includes persons who may have committed violations of the Code of Conduct while a student, but may no longer be actively enrolled at EFSC.

For purposes of this procedure, references to “day(s)” shall mean calendar day(s), while references to “business day(s)” shall mean Monday through Thursday.  Relevant timeframes are held in abeyance during any official breaks, closures, or holiday observances.

Level of disciplinary sanctions related to violations of the Code of Conduct include, but are not limited to: verbal/written warning, disciplinary censure, disciplinary probation, final disciplinary probation, suspension, and/or expulsion. A complete list of disciplinary sanctions is set forth in Appendix B (Disciplinary Process).

Students with a good faith scheduling conflict may request a continuation of any noticed proceeding if such request is submitted in writing to the presiding College official not less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled proceeding. If a student fails or refuses to attend any scheduled proceeding, the student consents to the presiding College official conducting the proceeding in the student’s absence. Students are responsible to arrange for the presentation of any relevant information and witnesses on their behalf. The College cannot compel any person to attend any proceeding on behalf of a student. The presiding College official shall have the authority to exclude irrelevant or cumulative information, and to limit the number of live witnesses in order to avoid unreasonable delays where the testimony is irrelevant or cumulative.

Students may have an advisor (one person) in attendance for any proceeding. Any advisor serves at the student’s own expense and initiative (the College is not responsible for recommending or providing an advisor for any student). A person may not serve as an advisor if their service would unreasonably conflict with or disrupt the fair administration of the matter under consideration, as determined by the presiding College official. An advisor’s main role is to advise the student. A student may consult with an advisor at any time, provided such consultation does not disrupt or unreasonably delay the proceeding. Absent a disability, all students must speak for themselves during any proceeding; an advisor cannot speak for the student, present the student’s case, serve as a witness, or otherwise participate directly in the proceeding unless specifically requested by the presiding College official. If an advisor does not adhere to their defined role, they may be removed from the proceeding in the presiding College official’s sole discretion. Students must provide the identity of any advisor, as well as a signed FERPA waiver, to the presiding College official at least 2 business days prior to the proceeding, which will not be adjourned or continued due to a claimed scheduling conflict of the student’s chosen advisor.

Any action taken against a student pursuant to College Procedure 201.7 (Trespass on College Property) does not prohibit any proceeding under the Student Code of Conduct based on the same or other alleged misconduct by the student. Trespassed students may not appear in person at any proceeding under the Student Code of Conduct, but will be afforded the opportunity via teleconference to be heard and present relevant information, witness testimony (including written witness statements), and any other documentary evidence supporting the student’s position.

Except as provided herein, proceedings under the Student Code of Conduct may not be recorded (audio or video), televised, live-streamed, or otherwise electronically or telephonically disseminated or captured without the express written consent of the presiding College official.

Deviations from this procedure shall not invalidate a proceeding or resulting decision, except where such deviation has clearly resulted in significant prejudice to an accused student or to the College.

The College President has designated the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs/CLO to authorize a student’s suspension or expulsion in accordance with this procedure.

201.5.1 Conduct Process

Alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct will be generally processed as follows:

  1. Preliminary Review. Upon receipt of information alleging conduct by a student that may violate any provision of the Student Code of Conduct, the matter shall be referred to the Associate Provost/Dean (or their designee) for the campus upon which the student is primarily enrolled, who will conduct a preliminary review to determine the appropriate course of action.
  2. No Action. If the Associate Provost/Dean (or their designee) determines that the alleged conduct does not require disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct, the matter may be closed, subject to the right of the College to reopen it at any time for good cause.
  3. Notice of Charges. If the Associate Provost/Dean (or their designee) determines that the alleged conduct warrants disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct, he or she will prepare and serve the student with a written Notice of Charges, which shall include at a minimum the following:
  1. General description of the alleged conduct giving rise to the charge(s);
  2. General description of the information supporting the charge(s) and sources of the information;
  3. Specific section(s) of the Student Code of Conduct alleged to have been violated;
  4. List of possible disciplinary sanctions (See Appendix B);
  5. Date, time, and place of the Conduct Meeting or Suspension/Expulsion Hearing (see subsections 5 and 6 below);
  6. Notice that the student may inspect the information supporting the charge(s) no later than 48 hours prior to the Conduct Meeting or Suspension/Expulsion Hearing; and
  7. If the Associate Provost/Dean (or their designee) determines the alleged conduct could reasonably result in a suspension or expulsion, the Notice of Charges will clearly notify the student of such a possibility, and the matter will be set for a Suspension/Expulsion Hearing pursuant to subsection 6 below (rather than a Conduct Meeting).

The student consents to the College’s service of the Notice of Charges by any of the following means: (1) hand delivery to the student; (2) email to student’s College email account and first class mail (postage prepaid) to last physical address provided by the student to the Office of the Registrar; or (3) certified mail (return receipt requested) to last physical address provided by the student to the Office of the Registrar.

  1. Informal Resolution. Students who wish to resolve the matter informally (rather than through a formal Conduct Meeting or Suspension/Expulsion Hearing) may submit a written statement to the Associate Provost/Dean (or designee) acknowledging responsibility for all charged violations within 7 days of service of the Notice of Charges. Upon receipt, the student will be given an opportunity to be heard on the issue of sanctions before determining any sanctions. There is no right to appeal decisions rendered through informal resolution. If the student does not elect informal resolution, the matter will proceed to a Conduct Meeting or a Suspension/Expulsion Hearing as appropriate.
  1. Conduct Meeting and Appeal. A Conduct Meeting will proceed as follows: the Associate Provost/Dean (or their designee) will review the Notice of Charges with the student, explain the student’s rights and options, give the student a reasonable opportunity to inspect the information supporting the charge(s), and allow the student to ask any questions. The student will then be asked to admit or deny responsibility for the charged violation(s).
  1. If the student admits responsibility for the charged violation(s), the Associate Provost/Dean (or their designee) shall afford the student an opportunity to be heard on the issue of sanctions before determining any sanctions.
  2. If the student denies responsibility as to any charged violation(s), the Associate Provost/Dean (or their designee) shall afford the student an opportunity to be heard on the charged violation(s) and present any relevant information, witness testimony (including written witness statements), and any other documentary evidence supporting the student’s position. This may occur during the same meeting or at a subsequent meeting(s) at the sole discretion of the Associate Provost/Dean (or their designee). The Associate Provost/Dean (or their designee) shall also afford the student an opportunity to be heard on the issue of sanctions. Upon conclusion of the Conduct Meeting, the Associate Provost/Dean (or their designee) shall consider all available and relevant information and decide whether the student is responsible for the charged violation(s) based upon a preponderance-of-the-evidence standard of review. If the Associate Provost/Dean (or their designee) finds the student responsible on one or more charges, he or she will also determine the appropriate sanctions. The decision of the Associate Provost/Dean (or their designee) shall be communicated in writing to the student via the student’s College email address within 7 days of the conclusion of the Conduct Meeting, unless extenuating circumstances that resulted in a delay are communicated in writing to the student. The decision of the Associate Provost/Dean (or their designee) shall constitute the College’s final agency action, unless the student timely appeals the decision to the Provost (or Dean’s immediate supervisor) in accordance with the following section.
  3. If a student is found responsible on one or more charges, no later than 7 days after service of the decision, the student may submit a written appeal using the Student Code of Conduct Appeal Form of the decision and/or imposed sanctions to the Provost (or Dean’s immediate supervisor).  A student’s appeal may only be based upon one or more of the following: (1) improper procedures that materially affected the result; (2) newly discovered information or evidence that was not reasonably available at the time of the Conduct Meeting through the exercise of diligence by the student, and that would have a materially altered the result; or (3) the sanction imposed was inappropriate for the violation(s). The Provost (or Dean’s immediate supervisor) shall consider the merits of an appeal only on the basis of the above listed grounds for appeal. A student’s dissatisfaction with the result is not a valid ground for appeal. Any sanctions imposed will not be stayed during the appellate process, as the original result and sanction are presumed correct. Students may not present any oral argument on appeal unless specifically requested by the Provost (or Dean’s immediate supervisor), who may affirm the original result, alter the finding(s) of responsibility, alter the sanctions, or remand the matter for further Conduct Meeting proceedings.   Within 14 days of the student’s submission of the written appeal, the Provost (or Dean’s immediate supervisor) shall inform the student in writing of the outcome of the appeal via the student’s College email address, unless extenuating circumstances that resulted in a delay are communicated in writing to the student. The appeal decision of the Provost (or Dean’s immediate supervisor) shall constitute the College’s final agency action, unless the matter is remanded to the Associate Provost/Dean (or their designee) for further Conduct Meeting proceedings. 
  1. Suspension/Expulsion Hearing and Appeal. If the Associate Provost/Dean (or their designee) finds the alleged conduct, if substantiated, could reasonably result in the student’s suspension or expulsion from the College, the matter shall be referred to the Provost (or Dean’s immediate supervisor) for a Suspension/Expulsion Hearing, which may be recorded (audio or video) or transcribed at the sole discretion of the College. The College President waives the 14 day notice of hearing requirement for any Suspension/Expulsion Hearing for purposes of Section 120.81(1)(h), Florida Statutes. Any recordings or transcripts will be the property of the College. A Suspension of Expulsion Hearing will proceed as follows:  the Provost (or Dean’s immediate supervisor) will review the Notice of Charges with the student, explain the student’s rights and options, give the student a reasonable opportunity to inspect the information supporting the charge(s), and allow the student to ask any questions. The student will then be asked to admit or deny responsibility for the charged violation(s).
  1. If the student admits responsibility for the charged violation(s), the Provost (or Dean’s immediate supervisor) shall afford the student an opportunity to be heard on the issue of sanctions before determining any sanctions. If the Provost (or Dean’s immediate supervisor) determines that a suspension or expulsion is warranted, they will make such recommendation to the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs/CLO.  Otherwise, the Provost (or Dean’s immediate supervisor) shall determine the appropriate sanction(s).
  2. If the student denies responsibility as to any charged violation(s), the Provost (or Dean’s immediate supervisor) shall afford the student an opportunity to be heard on the charged violation(s) and present any relevant information, witness testimony (including written witness statements), and any other documentary evidence supporting the student’s position. The Provost (or Dean’s immediate supervisor) shall also afford the student an opportunity to be heard on the issue of sanctions. Upon conclusion of the hearing, the Provost (or Dean’s immediate supervisor) shall consider all available and relevant information and decide whether the student is responsible for the charged violation(s) based upon a preponderance-of-the-evidence standard of review. If the Provost (or Dean’s immediate supervisor) finds the student responsible, he or she will then determine whether a suspension or expulsion is warranted, and if so, the Provost (or Dean’s immediate supervisor) will make such a recommendation to the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs/CLO. Otherwise, the Provost (or Dean’s immediate supervisor) shall determine the sanction(s). The Provost’s (or Dean’s immediate supervisor’s) decision shall be communicated to the student via the student’s College email address within 7 days of the hearing, unless extenuating circumstances that resulted in a delay are communicated in writing. The Provost’s (or Dean’s immediate supervisor’s) decision shall constitute the College’s final agency action, unless a suspension or expulsion is recommended, or the student timely appeals the decision to the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs/CLO in accordance with the following section.
  3. If a student is found responsible on one or more charges, no later than 7 days after service of the decision, the student may submit a written appeal using the Student Code of Conduct Appeal Form of the decision and/or imposed sanctions to the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs/CLO.  A student’s appeal may only be based upon one or more of the following: (1) improper procedures that materially affected the result; (2) newly discovered information or evidence that was not reasonably available at the time of the Conduct Meeting through the exercise of diligence by the student, and that would have a materially altered the result; or (3) the sanction imposed was inappropriate for the violation(s).  The Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs/CLO shall consider the merits of an appeal only on the basis of the above listed grounds for appeal. A student’s dissatisfaction with the result is not a valid ground for appeal. Any sanctions imposed will not be stayed during the appellate process, as the original result and sanction are presumed correct. Students may not present any oral argument on appeal unless specifically requested by the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs/CLO, who may affirm the original result, alter the finding(s) of responsibility, alter the sanctions, or remand the matter for further Suspension/Expulsion Hearing proceedings.   Within 14 days of the student’s submission of the written appeal, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs/CLO shall inform the student in writing of the outcome of the appeal via the student’s College email address, unless extenuating circumstances that resulted in a delay are communicated in writing to the student. The appeal decision of Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs/CLO shall constitute the College’s final agency action (if the student is not recommended for suspension or expulsion), unless the matter is remanded for further Suspension/Expulsion Hearing proceedings. 
  4. If a recommendation for suspension or expulsion is not appealed, or is affirmed on appeal, the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs/CLO, as the designee of the College President, may authorize the student’s suspension or expulsion. The decision will be communicated to the student within 7 days via the student’s College email address, unless extenuating circumstances that resulted in a delay are communicated in writing to the student. The decision of the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs/CLO, as the designee of the College President, shall constitute the College’s final agency action.
201.5.2 Interim Action

  1. Interim Action. The Associate Provost/Dean (or their designee), in consultation with other appropriate College officials, may at any time determine that interim action is necessary to protect the health, safety, or general welfare of the College community. If at any point the Associate Provost/Dean (or their designee) reasonably forecasts that a student poses an imminent threat of harm to themselves or the health, safety, or general welfare of the College community or property the Associate Provost/Dean (or their designee), in consultation with appropriate College officials, may in impose interim action(s) on the student, including without limitation:
  1. Restrictions on contact with certain individuals via any mode of in person, verbal, written, electronic or social media communications;
  2. Restrictions on entry and/or access to College property, places, facilities, or equipment;
  3. Restrictions on class attendance;
  4. Restrictions on, or suspension from, participation in any College-sponsored program, activity, event, organization, club, athletic team (varsity or club), or competition;
  5. Temporary suspension; and/or
  6. Placement of a hold on future registration.
  1. Implementation of Interim Action and Appeal. Implementation of interim action requires the student be notified as soon as reasonably practical upon the imposition of any interim action. The notice shall state the basis for the interim action and that the student will have the opportunity to inspect all information which provided the basis for the interim action. A written notice shall be sent to the student’s College email account and to the last physical address provided by the student to the Registrar’s Office. The College may also communicate the determination verbally to the student and concurrently deliver the written notice as described above. The student shall have 2 business days from the date of notification to appeal the interim action (not including the date of issuance). The student’s appeal of the interim action must be made in writing using the Student Code of Conduct Appeal Form to the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs/CLO and must be based upon one of the following grounds:
  1. An egregious error pertaining to the student’s involvement; or
  2. A contention that the violation, even if proven, does not poses an imminent threat of harm to themselves or the health, safety, or general welfare of the College community or property, and thus does not warrant interim action(s).

Any appeal of the interim action will be heard within 10 business days of receipt of the appeal, which may be delayed due to a semester break, closing of the College, or other extenuating circumstances. The outcome shall be communicated to the student via the student’s College email address within 3 business days of hearing the appeal.

If it is determined by that the interim action was not warranted, the student’s status will be reinstated and the conduct process will continue in accordance with the Student Code of 65 Conduct. If the student does not appeal the interim action, or if the interim action is affirmed on appeal, the interim action will remain in effect until conclusion of the conduct process.

201.5.3 Appeal of Final Agency Action

A student may seek judicial review of the College’s final agency action pursuant to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.190(b)(3), by filing a petition for certiorari review with the appropriate circuit court within 30 days of the College’s final agency action. Students who seek review with the court must provide a copy of the petition to the Office of the College President within 1 business day of filing.

Appendix A: Student Code of Conduct

This code of conduct relates to all actions disruptive or otherwise harmful to the educational process and includes both physical and virtual (online) educational communities and communications. Violation of the standard of conduct herein will be considered a disciplinary matter and treated in accordance with procedures of due process and with respect of the right and welfare of all members of the College community. Standards of conduct for which students are subject to disciplinary action, such as suspension or expulsion from EFSC, include, but are not limited to, those described below:

  1. Academic Dishonesty - Cheating, plagiarism and any other misrepresentation of work are prohibited. Students who are found to be in violation of this standard may receive severe sanctions including a failing grade in their respective course and, depending on the circumstances, possible expulsion from Eastern Florida State College.
  2. Aiding or Facilitating – No student may aid, facilitate, assist, support, promote, or otherwise encourage the commission of any conduct or behavior prohibited by this Student Code of Conduct. In addition, students witnessing any prohibited conduct or behavior must report same to appropriate College officials in a timely manner.
  3. Alcoholic Beverages - Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the campuses of Eastern Florida State College and at any College-sponsored activity or event unless approved in advance by the President. Students found to be in possession without prior approval, or unlawfully in possession or under the influence of alcoholic beverages while on campus or at a College-sponsored activity or event is subject to discipline including suspension or expulsion. Sanctioning a student for conduct prohibited by this section is not conditioned upon the student being cited or convicted in a court of law.
  4. Animals - Animals are not permitted on any property owned or controlled by the College unless they meet the definition of “service animal” under federal and state law, are an approved accommodation by the Office of Student Access for Improved Learning (SAIL), or are part of an approved course or presentation. See also Sections 203.5 and 203.6 of the College Procedures Manual.
  5. Arson - No student shall commit or aid in the intentional commission of an act which results in fire being ignited that causes damage or is intended to cause damage, to the property of the College or to the property of any other person.
  6. Assault and/or Battery - No student shall threaten or inflict bodily harm or discomfort on another.
  7. Breach of Peace - Conduct or expression on College owned or controlled property which disrupts the orderly functioning of the College or is lewd, indecent or obscene is prohibited. Cellular telephones and audible pagers should only be used outside of classrooms.
  8. Children on Campus - Because of potential disruptiveness to the learning environment, non- enrolled children are not permitted to visit a class in session or a lab. Non-enrolled children will not be permitted to remain in the common areas of College buildings without adult supervision. Only registered students are allowed to sit in class.
  9. College-sponsored Activities and Events - Use of College facilities must be approved by the proper College authority. All College-sponsored activities and events, e.g., outdoor concerts, student rallies, outside speakers, etc. are subject to any limitations and provisions established by the appropriate College official.
  10. Conduct - Conduct or expression that is considered, disruptive, lewd, indecent or obscene is prohibited.
  11. Contracting or Representation in the Name of the College - Students, including those acting as officers within any of the Student Government Association or clubs, are prohibited from contracting in the name of Eastern Florida State College and may not claim to be official representatives of the College.  Students will not endorse a product in a manner which implies an official endorsement by the College.
  12. Cosmetology Prohibited Act - Student cosmetology services shall be performed only in the lab under the supervision of an instructor. All services must be approved in advance by the instructor. Services shall not be performed in restrooms, hallways, or other areas. Students are expected to adhere to the professional standards associated with licensure expectations. Florida Statute 477.0263 - Cosmetology services shall be performed only by licensed cosmetologists in licensed salons. Florida Statute 477.0265. Prohibited acts. It is unlawful for any person to engage in the practice of cosmetology or a specialty without an active license as a cosmetologist or registration as a specialist issued by the department pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in §.775.082 or §.775.083.
  13. Damage or Destruction of Property - Accidental damage, vandalism or malicious damage to property belonging to Eastern Florida State College or others may require restitution from the person(s) responsible for such damage and/ or may result in disciplinary action.
  14. Defamation, Threats and Extortion - Verbal or written communication which exposes any individual or group to hatred, contempt, or ridicule and thereby injures the person, property, of reputation of another is prohibited.
  15. Disruption - In accordance with F.S. 1006.61 (1): "Any person who accepts the privilege extended by the laws of this state of attendance at any public postsecondary educational institution shall, by attending such institution, be deemed to have given his or her consent to the policies of that institution, the State Board of Education, and the laws of this state. Such policies shall include prohibition against disruptive activities at public postsecondary educational institutions."

    Students who intentionally act to impair, interfere with or obstruct the orderly conduct, process and functions of the College, either on or off campus, shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action by College authorities.
    Disruptive conduct shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
    1. Violence against or endangerment of any member or guest of the College community.
    2. Deliberate interference with academic freedom and freedom of speech (including not only disruption of a class but also interference with the freedom of any speaker invited by any section of the College community to express his/her views).
    3. Theft or willful destruction of College property.
    4. Forcible interference with the freedom of movement of any member or guest of the College.
    5. Participation in a disturbance of the peace or unlawful assembly.
    6. Obstruction of the normal process and activities essential to the College community. Orderly demonstrations of points of view by signs, etc., which are neither vulgar nor profane are not considered disorders.
  16. Distribution or Sale of Literature or Goods - Distribution or sale of literature or goods on the campuses must be conducted in accordance will all applicable College policies and procedures.
  17. Dress and Appearance - Students are expected to maintain standards of personal appearance and dress which are conducive and appropriate to the maintenance of health, welfare and safety for themselves and for their associates in the community. Dress worn by students must be of sufficient quality and quantity to properly cover and protect the body, including shirt and shoes.
  18. Duplication of Keys - Duplication of College keys is prohibited.
  19. Failure to Pay Financial Obligations - The College may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student who has allegedly refused to pay or failed to pay a debt he/she owes to the College. If a student fails to pay the College an amount due, disciplinary action may be initiated. College transcripts will not be issued to any student who has not satisfied all financial obligations to the College. Students will not be allowed to register for classes until account is cleared.
  20. Falsification of Records - Falsification of College records, including, but not limited to, admission, registration, disciplinary and health records, by forgery or other means of deception, is prohibited
  21. Firearms, Weapons, Fireworks, Explosives -
    1.  Introduction
      EASTERN FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE is committed to maintaining an educational and workplace environment that is free of violence. The College further recognizes the existence of extensive legislative acts and constitutional provisions pertaining to the rights and obligations of those who own or possess firearms, specifically those addressing the right to carry, store, and transport firearms on one’s person and within motor vehicles.
    2. Authority
      1. While on College grounds or facilities or at College-sponsored activities and events, students, staff, faculty, administration, employees, and invitees, hereinafter referred to as “person”, are prohibited from introducing, exhibiting, possessing, using, storing, buying or selling weapons, firearms, destructive devices, or explosives. [§790.001; §790.115, F.S. (2017)]
      2. Exceptions: The following circumstances shall not be a violation of this policy/procedure:
        1. It is lawful and is not a violation of Florida Statute or EASTERN FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE policy/procedure 803 for a person 18 years of age or older to possess a concealed firearm or other weapon for self-defense or other lawful purpose within the interior of a private vehicle (conveyance), without a carry license, if the firearm or other weapon is securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use. Nothing in this policy prohibits the carrying of a legal firearm other than a handgun anywhere in a private conveyance when such firearm is being carried for a lawful use.[§790.115; §790.25; §790.251, F. S. (2017)]
        2. A firearm in the possession of a law enforcement officer who is authorized to possess the firearm whether on or off duty, by the employing law enforcement agency.
        3. A firearm in the possession of an Armed Security Officer, as defined by College policy and procedure.
        4. Any other possession of a firearm specifically authorized pursuant to the provisions of F.S. §790.115, (2017).
  22. Gambling - Gambling is prohibited on the campuses of Eastern Florida State College.
  23. Hazing - Hazing in any form on campus or at any College sponsored activity is prohibited.
  24. Harassment – Any conduct that amounts to discriminatory harassment of another is prohibited.
  25. Identification of Students - Students are required to present proper identification when requested by authorized College officials. Any misrepresentation, alteration or misuse of identification is prohibited. In addition, students are required to obtain a College-issued identification card as soon as practicable upon enrollment.
  26. Illegal Drugs and Controlled Substances - The College cannot protect students from state and federal drug abuse laws and will cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies. All applicants for admission to Eastern Florida State College shall certify in writing that they will not engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance during enrollment at EFSC according to the College’s Drug-Free Policy. This means that students:
    • Will not use, possess, purchase, solicit, sell, manufacture, distribute, or deliver (or possess with intent to unlawfully use, purchase, solicit, sell, manufacture, distribute, or deliver) narcotics, controlled substances, prescription medication without a personal prescription, or other illegal drugs.
    • Will notify the College within five (5) business days of any conviction for any offense occurring on or away from campus relating to the possession, sale, purchase, delivery, use, manufacture or distribution of illegal drugs or controlled substances.
    • Has read, understood and will obey the College’s Drug-Free Policy. Applicants who refuse to sign the drug-free certification may be refused admission to the College. If an applicant cannot agree to accept the above conditions for admission to the College, he or she may be offered counseling which may include information as to where to obtain rehabilitative services. The statement of certification will be considered a legal contract between the student and the College and such contract will be considered broken upon commission of an offense relating to the use, possession, purchase, solicitation, sale, manufacture, distribution, or delivery (or possession with intent to unlawfully use, purchase, solicit, sell, manufacture, distribute, or deliver) narcotics, controlled substances, prescription medication without a personal prescription, or other illegal drugs. A student who commits a drug-related offense on campus or while in attendance at a College event will be sanctioned up to and including suspension or expulsion. A student who is tested positive for an illegal drug or controlled substance during screening for College-related programs or for program-related clinical experiences will also be sanctioned up to and including suspension or expulsion.

      Medical Marijuana in Florida. Despite the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Florida Constitution, as well as applicable Florida Statutes and implementing F.A.C. Rules, marijuana remains a controlled substance under federal law, and continues to be prohibited by the College. Thus, any member of the College community who meets the definition of “qualified patient” under §381.986(1), Florida Statutes, shall continue to abide by federal law as it relates to marijuana, as well as any and all applicable College policies and procedures.

      Sanctioning a student for conduct prohibited by this section is not conditioned upon the student being cited or convicted in a court of law. See also #32.
  27. Intellectual Property Rights - The College promotes an academic environment that encourages and rewards the creative efforts and innovative spirit of its students. The College, therefore, does not claim ownership rights to the intellectual property created by students in the scope of their attendance except where the student has utilized substantial resources of the College in the development of the work that goes beyond resources commonly provided to students for production of publications or class projects. Intellectual property is meant to include both traditional forms of intellectual property such as student publications, class projects and student papers, as well as non-traditional intellectual property such as CD- ROMS, computer programs, TV courseware or other electronically recorded materials. All such intellectual property remains the property of the authoring student. However, the College retains an interest in said property by virtue of the College’s assistance and support for its development, production and dissemination and, therefore, shall have reasonable access to and use of the intellectual property for such purposes as student evaluation and reproduction in exercising their administrative duties.
  28. Interference with College Guests - The College may initiate disciplinary actions for any interference with the freedom of movement of any guest of the College.
  29. Misuse of Emergency Equipment - Fire escapes, designated ground-level doors, fire hoses, extinguishers and alarm equipment are to be used only in emergencies. Tampering with   or misuse of these emergency devices, as well as blocking fire exits or impeding traffic in any way, is prohibited.
  30. Obeying Reasonable Orders of College Officials - Students are required to comply with reasonable requests or orders by authorized College officials or representatives acting on the part of the College. This requirement includes reasonable requests for students to meet appointments in administrative offices and at disciplinary investigations and hearings.
  31. Outside Speakers - Speakers may be invited to address a campus audience by a recognized student organization and the Student Government Association. These invitations must be approved by the Associate Provost or Provost.
  32. Public Laws - Any act by a student which constitutes a charge of a violation of public law, occurring either on or off campus, may establish cause of legal and/or disciplinary action by the College. However, if a student is later found to be not guilty of all related charges in a court of law, the College may reconsider any disciplinary sanctions imposed at the request of the student.
  33. Providing False Information - No student shall knowingly give false or perjured testimony in any College investigation or proceeding. No student shall knowingly give false information to a College official or show reckless disregard for truth.
  34. Recognition of Student Groups - In order to be classified as a student organization, established, recognized procedures must be met and approved by the Provost.
  35. Retaliation – No student may retaliate against a person or group who makes a report or complaint, cooperates with an investigation, or otherwise assists College officials in the enforcement of this Student Code of Conduct or any other College policy or procedure. Retaliation includes intimidation, threats, harassment, and other adverse actions.
  36. Search and Seizure – With reasonable suspicion, College officials may conduct a search of a student’s person or property for the purpose of obtaining information or evidence incident to a violation or suspected violation of the law or this Student Code of Conduct. If necessary, local law enforcement may be contacted for follow up.
  37. Sexual Misconduct – No student shall commit any act or form of Sexual Misconduct prohibited by Section 800.10 of the College Procedures Manual. Any allegations of Sexual Misconduct shall be processed in accordance with that section.
  38. Smoking - Consumption of any tobacco products and electronic cigarettes is strictly prohibited within all College work areas, including conference rooms, classrooms, restrooms, stairwells, and hallways. Smoking is also prohibited in any vehicle (to include golf carts) the College owns, hires, or leases. Smoking on College property will only be allowed at designated smoking areas. Employees, students, and visitors may use designated smoking areas only. Proper disposal of smoking material in the ash urns provided is required.
  39. Theft or Other Abuse of Computer Time, including but not limited to:
    1. Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, change contents or for any other use.
    2. Unauthorized transfer of a file or unauthorized copying of licensed products.
    3. Unauthorized use of another individual's identification and password.
    4. Use of computer facilities including laptop and wireless access to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or College official.
    5. Use of computing facilities including laptop and wireless access to send obscene or abusive messages.
    6. Use of computer facilities including laptop and wireless access to interfere with the normal operations of the College computing system.Use of computing facilities including laptop and wireless access to download obscene materials.
    7. Violation of other established computer lab policies or laptop computer loan agreements.
  40. Theft, Unauthorized Possession and/or Sale of Property Students involved in theft, unauthorized possession and/or sale of property not belonging to them are subject to College disciplinary action as well as to arrest and prosecution by legal authorities. Students are required to make full restitution. Students in possession of property owned or controlled by the College (i.e., the bookstore, library, audio-visual department, athletic department) or by another person, without authorization or payment for such property, will be subject to College disciplinary action.
  41. Threat to any College Guest - The active threat of violence against any guest of the College is strictly forbidden.
  42. Unauthorized Use of College Facilities - The unauthorized use of, or entry into, any College facilities (i.e., classrooms, labs, athletic fields), whether by force or not, is prohibited.
  43. Unauthorized Recordings – The unauthorized use of recordings including, but not limited to, the recording of personal conversations, meetings, or activities; use of a camera, video, phone, or other device to record another person or group without expressed permission or prior authorization; recording of classes or academic lectures. 
    EXCEPTION: Academic accommodation per approval and permission through the Student Access for Improved Learning (SAIL).
  44. Use of College Mail Services - Use of College mail services is limited to official business of the College or College-sponsored or approved College-related organizations. Students must receive approval from the campus Associate Provost Office in order to use College mail services.
  45. Use of Vehicles - Riding bicycles in hallways, in buildings, or on walkways is prohibited. Motorized vehicles, roller skating and skateboarding are prohibited in areas other than designated roadways on the campuses of Eastern Florida State College. EXCEPTION: Motorized vehicles for handicapped persons may be used on walkways and in buildings.
  46. Violation of Probationary Status - A student, who is alleged to have violated the Code of Conduct, while being subject to disciplinary or final disciplinary probation, may be charged with the separate offense of violating disciplinary probation.
  47. Violations of Law - Federal and state law, respective county and city ordinances, and all College and Board of Trustees rules, regulations, policies, and procedures will be strictly enforced.